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[thawt-fuh l] /ˈθɔt fəl/
showing consideration for others; considerate.
characterized by or manifesting careful thought:
a thoughtful essay.
occupied with or given to thought; contemplative; meditative; reflective:
in a thoughtful mood.
careful, heedful, or mindful:
to be thoughtful of one's safety.
Origin of thoughtful
Middle English word dating back to 1150-1200; See origin at thought1, -ful
Related forms
thoughtfully, adverb
thoughtfulness, noun
overthoughtful, adjective
overthoughtfully, adverb
overthoughtfulness, noun
unthoughtful, adjective
unthoughtfully, adverb
unthoughtfulness, noun
1. attentive, solicitous. Thoughtful, considerate mean taking thought for the comfort and the good of others. Thoughtful implies providing little attentions, offering services, or in some way looking out for the comfort or welfare of others: It was thoughtful of you to send the flowers. Considerate implies sparing others annoyance or discomfort, and being careful not to hurt their feelings: not considerate of his family. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Here was a sample of Mr. Bradlaugh's thoughtfulness which Merry deeply appreciated.

  • And I want to thank you for your thoughtfulness in coming to me.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • This news very much disquieted Jim Ridge, and deepened his thoughtfulness.

    The Red River Half-Breed Gustave Aimard
  • Any little mole-hill of thoughtfulness from me was changed—presto!

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • It was just that thoughtfulness in little plays which made McCalmont loom up great in his business.

    Curly Roger Pocock
British Dictionary definitions for thoughtfulness


considerate in the treatment of other people
showing careful thought
pensive; reflective
Derived Forms
thoughtfully, adverb
thoughtfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for thoughtfulness



c.1200, "contemplative," from thought + -ful. Also in Middle English, "prudent; moody, anxious." Meaning "showing consideration for others" is from 1851 (cf. thoughtless.) Related: Thoughtfully; thoughtfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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